Plowing a new path. Ryan Lochte.

Hey Y’All (lol)

Not to brag (ok it will not seem like anything worth bragging about) but I started the gym yesterday. And I want to go and it feels good to hurt so bad lol.  Two days  of cardio, tomorrow I will do some machines for upper body.  Hopefully I don’t look like a jerk since it has been a long time since I have used machines in a gym. Figuring out the adjustments on some of the bikes is hard enough. I’m exaggerating but still took me like 2 minutes too long.  Trying to go the whole week get a great kickoff then rest Saturday and Sunday then the following week still mostly cardio but adding exercises and just generally trying to get in a groove. And I shopped before hand and marinated some butterflied chicken breasts in organic sesame ginger stuff.  Got home and cooked them in the oven, sauteed a fancy zuchinni and tomatoe with some butter and garlic and oil ( I know baby steps) and had five halves of simply boiled baby red potatoes.  It was pretty good.  The marinade was overpowering the chicken but I think that was because they were so thin and just lapped it up.  Last night I had a meal delivered from Munchery.  North Carolina Pulled Pork.  That story will be part of a different post – coming soon.

I went out of my comfort zone and watched a (gasp) MOVIE!  I really am not a movie person for some reason. I am a TV junkie, primetime {on dvr never live}  and animal, wildlife, nature, law enforcement shows to name a few.  I have watched movies and love some movies but rarely do I watch one through.  Occasionally I will watch bits of an old movie if I pass it while channel surfing because the dvr is empty.  But I had a 99 cent rental from Amazon for Precious which was on my watchlist.  I am glad I did. I watched half last night and the rest just now. This movie is right up my alley.  Great story and superb acting and producing in my opinion.  Real life story on the big screen. Hits a little close to home because the mother generally speaking shows behavior reminiscent of someone close, figuratively close not near and dear close.  And NO it is not my mother. But that is a topic deserving of a full post – or maybe 7! I could easily talk that much about the sad situation.

OK can I vent about something.   I really hate that RYAN LOCHTE is on DWTS and being treated so nice after the stunt he pulled in Rio.  Its like it didn’t even happen.  Yea he lost some deals and endorsement but I am sure it will not be long before he gets more because of any negaitve publicity. He disgraced the US by blaming locals of robbing him and made a spectacle of it.  Bullshit! He should have lost his medal.  It really makes me mad.  So yea I put him in my title.  I think I will use his name to maybe hopefully get myself some publicity.

I have also been trying to stay active with other things like cleaning up this disaster of a room little by little. Keeping on top of dishes and laundry.  Started organizing some drawers.  I have a nice size bin of stuff for the homeless or those otherwise less fortunate.   I keep it in my trunk in case I run into anyone in need of something when I am out and about. I had my car cleaned and detailed two weeks ago and am trying hard to keep it clean inside.  I had an oil change but I need some other things looked at so I need to start putting away for that for a few weeks.  My next step is to make one night to post at least 30 items on OfferUp & Close5 and ebay for Sale.  I have 30 dvd’s if I can sell them $3 each that is $90 and a heck of a start.

My normal routine was go to work, go home cook eat clean up, feed furbabies, take shower (usually ten other random things in between) and then “get settled” watching tv doing my writing, survey taking, product reviewing, reward collecting or whatever else comes up.  Now I work, stop home to work out dinner situation, change and head to the gym. Come home eat alone talkin to Gran and switch any laundry if appilicable and then feed my cat and take a nice shower.  And I am using my good face soap and trying to slowly learn to take care of myself and pamper myself a little more. And wanting to do it and feeling good doing it.

So this is me plowing a new path however slowly it may be. I am just trying to keep on keeping on.

As always thanks for making it this far and if you have it will be Wednesday morning or day sometime.  I am trying something different.  I post so late I feel like no one that follows me sees me in Reader by the next day. My last post got nothing zilch zippo lol.  So I am setting this to publish around the same time I get up for work.  8ish. I can’t say when I wake up because that is like 5-6.

Comments welcome and btw that gave me an idea – Comment/Conversation Policy coming soon.

See Ya,




Brand Loyalty – It Should Mean Something

I believe that having Loyalty to a brand should mean that you get Loyalty back from the brand.  Especially in today’s world where prices are so ridiculously high even for “no-frills” or store brands.  I want to know that my consistent purchases from a Brand are recognized and valued.  And I believe we should get something back in return.  That is why I love companies that have any type of reward program.  It shows they care about more than just the money.  Companies that don’t, well they kinda suck – even if I buy your stuff anyway.

The Kellogg’s Brand and their Kellogg’s Family Rewards {KFR} Program.  You don’t realize how many products are from the Kellogg’s Brand Family until you get on the site and take a look.  Besides your regular Kellogg’s cereal I never knew Eggo or Morning Star Farms were part of the family.  There are many others too, I am sure you all know, I was not aware of most of them honestly.

Here is the link to their site:

Collect points from specially marked packages, add your loyalty shopper cards for participating stores or upload receipts and watch the points add up.  Kellogg’s also runs tons of bonus offers – for multiple package buys on one trip or for a new or featured product. Not to mention how awesome they are when they give points away – just for signing in and the amazing Shutterfly codes for all kinds of fun items.  Rack up the points and redeem for all kinds of rewards from kids coloring pages to gift cards to electronics. This is my favorite Loyalty program simply because they get it, they care – genuinely about their consumers.

Recently I was having glitches show up on their website which made some areas quite hard to navigate, read and interact with.  Add in my prescription progressive glasses for the near/far sighted vision I have and I gave up most times and logged off. But then I really wanted to write about this program and how much I love it. And as someone who LOVESSS to give her opinion I reached out to them on Facebook to let them know how horrible the site was and that I wanted to feature it on my blog but not with the glitches. They wrote me back in 3 hours apologizing and asking for a private message with screen shots and details of my device and OS.  Due to computer problems, I couldn’t get back to them until yesterday when I sent photos and a short demonstration video.  They again got right back to me.


Please let me know if you are a member also  and how you participate or  write me if you are not and end up checking it out – whether you join or not.  Thanks for reading 🙂